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Will Helawedakama Help Treat Covid-19?


Based on a number of prescriptions handed down from generation to generation during 3,000 years Sri Lanka has developed its own Ayurvedic system. The former kings, who were also leading doctors, survived and lived. The most influential of these doctors, the King Buddhadasa (425 AD), wrote that permission should be obtained before patient treatments begin or before ancient medicines begin to be made. before treating them.”Helawedakama” is a unique heritage of Sri Lanka’ s Indigenous Health that dates from generation to generation based on a series of ancient indigenous medical literature. Sri Lanka is indeed proud to be the only country in the world in which systematic hospitals are established. Some ancient Sri Lankan cities; Polonnaruwa, Medirigiriya, Mihinthale and Anuradhapura still hold the remains of the first hospitals in the World which many believe to be.Sri Lanka still has many indigenous sectors, like fracture treatment (Kedumbidum Wedakama), snake bite treatment ( Sarpavisha Wedakama), eye treatment (Es Wedakama), psychiatry (Unmada Wedakama), and the community still accepts abcesses, wounds, and cancers treatment (Gedi-wana-Pilika Wedakama).
As the pandemic escalates globally, even in developed nations, increasing numbers of patients are overwhelmed by health systems. While supportive hospitalization can contribute to a recovery in severe and severely ill patients, increased bed occupancy makes it difficult for patients to receive timely attention and care.In this scenario, Ayurveda’s focus on strengthening host factors in the management of infectious fevers, in particular, opens up a lot of possibilities for repurposing classic Ayurvedic formulations for COVID-19 management.Classical Ayurvedic texts discuss respiratory epidemic outbreaks and provide guidelines for researching new diseases and developing treatment protocols. COVID-19 has already been classified as a variant of vatakaphasannipatajvara with pittanubandha according to a preliminary Ayurvedic clinical profile. The results of Ayurvedic intervention in a COVID-19 patient with severe breathing difficulty who recovered with only supportive Ayurvedic care were described in a case report.
In a research paper, a practical Ayurvedic treatment protocol for COVID-19 management was also proposed. Furthermore, in silico studies have suggested that many Ayurvedic herbs may be able to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering cells. While there is no conclusive evidence of the efficacy of specific Ayurvedic herbs, formulations, or treatment protocols for COVID-19 yet, it seems reasonable and plausible that Ayurveda can provide supportive care for COVID-19 patients.Because COVID-19 is self-limiting in the majority of patients, data from a single patient cannot be used to draw definitive conclusions about the efficacy of any medical intervention. However, even in COVID-19 patients with severe hypoxia, Ayurveda has the potential to be considered a first-line and cost-effective intervention. Even after receiving oxygen and Allopathic medications, the patient’s oxygen saturation remained at 80%. Within a day of receiving Ayurvedic medicines, the patient’s oxygen saturation had returned to normal, and oxygen support could be gradually reduced.
In diseases like COVID-19, Ayurveda recognizes the causative role of a virus as an external agent. COVID-19 is an exogenous fever caused by bhutabhisanga (bhuta also means virulent microbes), which is the contact with virulent microorganisms. To overcome the infection and recover from the disease, Ayurvedic treatment focuses on strengthening host factors such as agni (digestive and metabolic functions) and bala (innate strength of body and mind), as well as restoring the balance of the doshas (restoring functional integrity of the body).The potential of Ayurvedic supportive care for COVID-19 patients who are oxygen-dependent to recover Further research into the role of Ayurvedic management as a cost-effective first-line intervention in patients with low oxygen saturation within an integrative framework is needed.In fact, the Department of Ayurveda has opened up the opportunity to work in the Indigenous medical system until the person is healthy and socialized after completing all the activities such as prevention of Covid disease, treatment, quarantine, home care, etc.In addition, under the guidance of the President, it is proposed to provide a package containing medicinal ingredients such as porridge to all places of worship and to low income families.


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